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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

As a provincial regulating authority, the OAA exists to protect the public interest; which includes ensuring the architecture profession reflects the diversity of the Ontarians it serves. To that end, it is critical both the path to licensure and the environments in which our members practise are equitable and inclusive, and include a diversity of voices and perspectives to strengthen the capacity for architecture and the allied arts to create spaces for the public. This would include taking steps to ensure historically marginalized voices form part of the conversation. The OAA implements its regulatory framework and general programming in accordance with its obligation to remove barriers on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious practices. It also commits to ongoing reconciliation and partnering with Indigenous communities to collaborate on meaningful projects.

"Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion" has been identified as a theme of the OAA as part of its five-year strategic plan. To learn more about the plan, as well as other themes, priorities, and goals, click here.

Feature: OAA Demographic Survey

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OAA Demographic Survey
The OAA’s Demographic Survey, administered by Stratcom, is a voluntary, confidential tool that helps the Association measure its progress and develop relevant programs and initiatives as it works to better ensure Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the architecture profession.
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EDI @ the OAA

An overview of various initiatives and communications from the OAA including webinars, documents and publications.

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Access to Architecture

Interested in practising architecture in Ontario? Learn more about paths to licensure.

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Resources from industry groups and government, related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


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Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar for a wide array of online and in-person events. Also submit an event using our new online form.

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OAA Contract Suite

Did you know the OAA offers free contracts for its members and the general public? These downloadable standardized contracts make it easier for all to enter into fair, balanced business relationships.

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BLOAAG - Design Excellence Finalists

Check out our 2024 Design Excellence Finalists! This year's collection features a diverse range of building types.